re·​dound | \ ri-ˈdau̇nd How to pronounce redound (audio) \
redounded; redounding; redounds

Definition of redound

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to become swollen : overflow
2 : to have an effect for good or ill new power alignments which may or may not redound to the faculty's benefit— G. W. Bonham
3 : to become transferred or added : accrue

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Although it looks and sounds like a number of similar words (including rebound, resound,abound, and redundant), redound is a distinct term. It developed from Middle French redunder, which in turn came from Latin redundare, meaning "to overflow." In its earliest known English uses in the late 1300s, redound meant "to overflow" or "to abound," but those senses are now considered archaic. In current use, redound is often followed by "to," and the effect can be positive (as in our example sentences) or negative ("[It] probably would have redounded strongly to my disadvantage if I had pursued to completion my resolution...." - Joseph Heller, God Knows).

Examples of redound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not everyone wants to be watched while undertaking a long phone call, especially at home where neither clothes nor surroundings redound to most people’s advantage. The Economist, "Bartleby Don’t show, tell," 11 Nov. 2019 Calls for worshiping Christ redound to such effect that West’s first Christian album is arguably more Christian than what most contemporary Christian artists could similarly muster. Andrew T. Walker, National Review, "Kanye West’s Conversion Could Be a Cultural Wrecking Ball," 28 Oct. 2019 But more important, there has never been an expansion of the investigatory or punitive power of the American security state which has redounded to the benefit of racial and religion minorities. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "Don’t Give the Government More Power to Fight White Terrorism," 7 Aug. 2019 That reality is straightforward: Any policy to reduce GHG emissions by definition must increase energy costs, and policymakers endorsing such policies would have to describe the benefits that supposedly would redound to the electorate. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "The Confusions of the ‘Conservative’ Carbon Tax," 8 July 2019 None of which—at first—seemed to have redounded negatively on her burgeoning social-media career. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "What We Do in the Shadows," 24 June 2019 This amounted to a formula for power: The greater the menace to the nation’s moral legitimacy, the more power redounded to the left. Shelby Steele, WSJ, "Why the Left Is Consumed With Hate," 23 Sep. 2018 Stabilizing those loads will also redound to the benefit of the grid, which may eventually convince utilities to adopt the technology at a broader level. David Roberts, Vox, "This technology could fundamentally change our relationship to electricity," 5 June 2018 Any development that diverts the public’s attention to health care — and thus, to the two parties’ disparate fiscal priorities — is likely to redound to the Democrats’ benefit. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Democrats Could See a Polling Boost Right Before the Midterms," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of redound

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for redound

Middle English, from Middle French redunder, from Latin redundare, from re-, red- re- + unda wave — more at water

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The first known use of redound was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of redound

formal : to have a particular result

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